Fire Study Draws Doubts in Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Wyoming state foresters have downplayed a new fire study by Oregon State University that's received national attention.

The study suggests the common practice of salvage logging and replanting saplings could actually make future fires burn more severely.

Assistant State Forester Bill Haagenson says Wyoming does harvest timber for sales after a fire, but does not typically replant saplings. And Haagenson says the study doesn't really apply in Wyoming because the forests are completely different.

But, the US Forest Service's Tom Spies co-wrote the report and says it shows that forest managers across the west and in Wyoming don't yet completely understand the consequence of various long-term fire management approaches.